TOKYO TOWER

La Tour Eiffel de Tokyo

La Tour de Tokyo est une tour japonaise de radiodiffusion, inaugur√©e en 1958 √† l’image de la Tour Eiffel, dans l’arrondissement de Minato au sud de la capitale. Elle est l’une des plus hautes tour en m√©tal du monde, avec une hauteur de 333 m√®tres et deux observatoires sur la ville. Reconnaissable √† ses couleurs rouges et blanches, elle s’illumine la nuit selon les saisons et √©v√®nements. La Tokyo Tower poss√®de deux observatoires. Le premier, √† 145 m√®tres du sol, est d’ailleurs accessible aux plus courageux par un escalier. On y trouve un plancher vitr√© ainsi que, pour la petite anecdote, le sanctuaire shinto le plus √©lev√© de la pr√©fecture de Tokyo. √Ä 250 m√®tres se situe l’observatoire sp√©cial, juste au-dessous de la haute antenne. De l√†-haut, le Mont Fuji s’aper√ßoit par temps clair.

Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna. The tower’s main observatory at 145 meters is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase. Thanks to the tower’s central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. There are also some “lookdown windows” in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a cafe where visitors can enjoy refreshments. A second set of elevators connect the main observatory to the 250 meter high special observatory, from where you can get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo from high above the surrounding buildings. The special observatory is the third highest observation deck in Tokyo. When visibility is good, visitors can see the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji in the distance.

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Gokoku-ji

Gokoku-ji est un temple du Bouddhisme Shingon situ√© dans le quartier Bunkyo de Tokyo. Le temple est fond√© par le cinqui√®me shogun Tokugawa, Tsunayoshi, qui le d√©die √† sa m√®re. Il se distingue pour avoir surv√©cu aux bombardements am√©ricains pendant la guerre alors que la plupart des autres sites historiques √† Tokyo ont √©t√© transform√©s en d√©combres – dont Meiji-jingŇę, reconstruit en 1958.

Gokokuji, just east of Ikebukuro Station, is¬†a beautiful wooden Buddhist temple¬†founded in 1681 by the fifth shogun¬†Tokugawa Tsunayoshi¬†in honour of his mother. One of the few temples to survive the bombing of WWII, and one of the even fewer to have also survived the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Gokokuji offers a rare look at a Buddhist Temple built before the twentieth century. Besides the main temple‚ÄĒHonden ‚ÄĒthe grounds host a large up-kept cemetery with stone pathways, a Buddha statue, and a small pagoda. Makes for a perfectly peaceful spot for an afternoon stroll.
Every year, the temple celebrates Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) on April 6 to commemorate Buddha’s birthday. The temple is also popular during cherry blossom season as it has many varieties of cherry trees.

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Lake Kawaguchiko + Mount Fuji

On n’√©tait pas suppos√© y aller au Mont Fuji mais bon, mon amie Emeline a promis √† son petit copain de prendre une photo. Et oui, ils font souvent des photos moiti√©-moiti√© compl√©mentaires.. Du coup, pour lui faire plaisir nous y sommes all√©es. J’√©tais op√©e mais plut√īt √† faire de la randonn√©e.. Choquant mais oui puisqu’on n’y va pas tous les jours au Mont Fuji, autant l’escalader m√™me si je n’aime pas cela. Malheureusement les filles n’√©taient pas du tout motiv√©es donc on est juste all√©e au lac Kawaguchiko pour prendre les cabines car le spot photo se trouvait en hauteur et par la m√™me occasion, nous avons vu le Mont Fuji sous les nuages ce jour-l√† malheureusement.
Je veux juste retourner au Japon pour faire le petit trip : Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Nagoya mais aussi Okinawa pour la plongée sous marine, les plages et le soleil.

We didn’t plan to go to Mount Fuji at first but my friend Emeline promised to her boyfriend to go there to take a picture. Yea, they often do that kind of silly pictures.. So, we went there for her. I was totally in to do the hiking.. Yes, me, Chlo√©! Shocking but true, because we don’t often go to Japan and Mount Fuji so I wanted to experience it.. Unfortunetaly, the girls weren’t motivated so we just went to Lake Kawaguchiko to take the cable cabs. Arrived at the top, we took the picture at the spot for Emeline and then we saw Mount Fuji but that day, it was surrounded by clouds..
Now, I want to go back to Japan to go to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Nagoya like a road trip and Okinawa for snorkelling, beaches and sun.

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Hanazono Shrine

Un autre endroit que je vous fais d√©couvrir de mon voyage au Japon, √† Tokyo. Hanazono Shrine est une sanctuaire shinto fond√© au milieu du 17√® si√®cle et est situ√© dans l’arrondissement de Shinjuku.
Nous y sommes all√©es avant de prendre le bus pour aller au Mont Fuji (article √† venir √©galement). Nous avons pu d√©couvrir Shinjuku par la m√™me occasion et d√©couvrir ce shrine sous une chaleur et un soleil tapant. Nous avons eu l’occasion de croiser des geishas, voir comment les japonais utilisaient la cloche pour faire leur pri√®re et les points d’eau pour se rafra√ģchir.

Another place I want you to discover with me during my travel in Japan, in Tokyo. Hanazono Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Japan, in Tokyo. This shrine was founded in the mid-17th century. It nestled in the heart of Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, Hanazono Shrine is a small and unobtrusive structure that, according to Fodor’s, just happens to be one of the most historical shrines in Japan. Constructed in the Edo period by the Hanazono family, this Inari shrine ‚ÄĒa shrine dedicated to Inari, the androgynous god of fertility and worldly success ‚ÄĒ is a favorite place for businessmen to pray for successful ventures.
We came there before going to Mount Fuji (future article in progress). We had the pleasure to visit Shinjuku with a strong sun. We saw geishas, how japanese pray by using the bell and all the process and the watering place to have a drink.

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Goodbye Summer

Le temps a vraiment laiss√© place √† l’hiver. Les temp√©ratures commencent √† baisser, je sors de plus en plus les grosses √©charpes, les gros pulls etc. L’√©t√© me manque d√©j√† m√™me si j’adore l’hiver pour son c√īt√© douillet o√Ļ je peux sortir les gros pulls, les √©charpes et les manteaux. J’ai une passion pour les manteaux je crois bien.. J’en ai pas mal et j’adore toujours en acheter chaque hiver. Malgr√© tout, le soleil me manque, les rayons du soleil qui se posent sur notre peau et le bonheur de sortir sans veste et pouvoir mettre ce qu’on veut sans cacher par exemple certains d√©tails de certains v√™tements.
De plus, l’√©t√© rime avec vacances, repos et relaxation. J’ai v√©cu mon dernier “vrai” √©t√© c’est-√†-dire les grandes vacances.. Et oui malheureusement, je rentre bient√īt dans la vie active.. Apr√®s mon stage de fin d’√©tudes de janvier √† juillet 2017, je dois pr√©parer mon m√©moire et ma soutenance sur juillet et ao√Ľt puis si j’ai de la chance trouver un travail. Avoir un travail veut dire seulement 5 semaines de vacances par an + les jours f√©ri√©s.. La routine va s’installer petit √† petit, c’est pour cela que j’esp√®re trouver un travail que j’aime et qui me passionne pour ne pas m’ennuyer et ne pas sentir le train-train quotidien.

Winter is clearly coming. The temperatures start to drop, which means that I wear more and more scarfs, sweaters etc. I already miss summer even if I like winter because I like wearing sweaters, pullovers, scarfs and coats. I have a passion for coats because each year I need at least to buy one haha. In spite of everything, I miss the sun, the sunrays on my skin et the happiness to go out without a jacket or a coat. Besides, summer means holiday, relaxing, taking a rest. Summer Holidays 2016 were my “last one”.. Unfortunately, I’m going to end my studies and I have to look for a job.. After my end-of-studies internship between January to July 2017, I have to write my thesis and my thesis defence in July and August then if I have luck, I will find a job. Ofc, I’ll take 2 weeks to go somewhere for holiday haha. Having a job will be so great to start my career and it also means only 5 weeks of holiday per year + day-off.. The daily routine is going to set up little by little, that’s why, I hope I’m going to find a job that passionate me, where it can make me happy¬† and where I don’t feel daily grind..

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Tokyo Disneyland + Tokyo DisneySea

Lors de mon voyage √† Tokyo, avec les filles, nous sommes all√©es √† Disney dans les 2 parcs : Tokyo Disneyland et Tokyo DisneySea, le sp√©cial pour le Japon. Nous avons d√©cid√© d’acheter les billets sur place, nous sommes donc all√©es les prendre dans le Disney Store de Shibuya. Nous avons pris un billet jour entier pour le Tokyo Disneyland et un billet √† partir de 18h pour Tokyo DisneySea. Les billets me sont revenus au total √† 104,11 euros. C’est un peu cher mais bon, ce n’est pas tous les jours qu’on va au Japon ou m√™me √† Tokyo.
Arriv√©es dans les parcs, nous √©tions √©merveill√©es et en m√™me temps les lieux nous semblaient familiers. En effet, le fonctionnement est quasiment le m√™me que celui de Paris mais c’est bien s√Ľr bien plus grand. Il y a un m√™me un train √† th√®me qui nous permet de nous rendre d’un parc √† l’autre ! Il y a bien s√Ľr plus de goodies des diff√©rents Disney ! Mais j’ai √©t√© d√©√ßu qu’il n’y en avait pas beaucoup pour Baymax :(.

During my stay in Tokyo, we went to Disney in the 2 parcs: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the special one for Japan. We bought our tickets one or two days before going there at the Disney Store in Shibuya. We chose to buy an all-day ticket for Tokyo Disneyland and for DisneySea, a ticket where you can enter at/after 6pm. I paid 104,11 euros for the 2 tickets. It was a little bit expensive but we don’t go to Japan everyday..
Arrived at the parcs, we were amared because the scenery is better than Disneyland in Paris (for me) but at the same time, the place seemed familiar. Actually, the functioning was almost the same than the one in Paris like the fast pass etc. but it’s bigger than in Paris. You can circulate by using the train to go to the 2 parcs. Then, there are a lot of goodies about Disney’s characters more than in Paris, ofc. But nothing about Baymax :(..

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EBISU

Un autre quartier de Tokyo √† vous pr√©senter aujourd’hui: Ebisu. C’est un quartier dans l’arrondissement de Shibuya √† Tokyo. Il est entre Shibuya au nord, Daikanyama et Nakameguro √† l’ouest, Hiroo √† l’est et Meguro au sud.
Avec les filles, nous avons d√©cid√© de visiter ce lieu et plus particuli√®rement la Yebisu Garden Palace. Elle a √©t√© ouverte en 1944. C’est un complexe au sud de la gare comprenant des boutiques, un mus√©e, un h√ītel et salle de spectacle.
Nous avons pens√© qu’il y avait plus √† voir mais c’√©tait une des magasins etc. Mais au final, cela ne m’a pas d√©rang√© car chaque endroit est diff√©rent puis, j’adore me balader et me perdre. C’est toujours l√† qu’on d√©couvre des perles rares et des endroits originaux. Et franchement, je suis tomb√©e amoureuse de l’architecture japonaise ! C’est tellement beau, design et classique √† la fois. Je ne sais pas comment expliquer cela mais tout ce que je peux vous dire: Aller √† Tokyo !

Another area of Tokyo to show you today: Ebisu. This district is in Shibuya’s quarter in Tokyo. It’s situated between north of Shibuya, west of Daikanyama and Nakameguro, east of Hiroo and south of Meguro.
You can find the Yebisu Garden Palace. It’s a shopping and cultural centre located in Ebisu. It has a sloped promenade leading to a large central plaza covered by a wide glass arch. The area regularly hosts events and markets on weekends.
We thought there was something more to see but at the end, nop. But it was okay for me because I like discovering new places, walking around and loosing myself in the streets to find interesting things. And seriously, I fell in love in japanese architecture ! It’s so beautful, a mix between uncluttered design and classic. I don’t know exactly how to explain it but one advice: Go to Tokyo!

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